2014 Press Releases
Hester resigns as MacMurray president
After eight years as president of MacMurray College, Dr. Colleen Hester will be departing next year.
Congress extends IRA charitable rollover
A change in tax law now allows the IRA charitable rollover once again.
Megan Duisen and Clayton Whitlock awarded.
Whitlock named Lincoln Laureate
Clayton Whitlock, a senior double-majoring in business administration and sport management, was named the 2014 Lincoln Laureate at MacMurray.
Professor honored for teaching excellence
John Bolinger, assistant professor of criminal justice, received the 2014 United Methodist Excellence in Teaching Award.
Art professor exhibits at alma mater
MacMurray College Associate Professor of Art Khara Koffel is exhibiting her works at her alma mater, Juniata College, in Huntingdon, PA.
Highlanders to help Toys for Tots
MacMurray Athetics will help Toys for Tots collect toys and donations at Saturday's basketball games.
College to usher in the holidays
The annual Lessons & Carols Advent service will be Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Annie Merner Chapel.
Saxer had a double-double against Webster College.
Two Highlander football players headed to Florida for All-Star Game
Local philanthropist endows scholarship
Area students to receive scholarship support from Million Fund.
Men's Basketball player Clayton Whitlock was this weeks Student Athlete of the Week.
Student wins internship
Social Work senior awarded St. John’s Children’s Hospital post.
Harney named Student of the Month
Senior Biology student recognized for a variety of activities on campus.
Professor speaks on engaging students
Assistant Professor of Business Steve Oberg spoke on "Engaging Students Using Real-world Data" at a conference in California.
Riding to revolution
The Humanities Film Series takes a look at Motorcycle Diaries on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library.
Alumni authors to read poetry, fiction
Two alumni and published authors will read from their works Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Thoresen Recital Hall in the Putnam-Springer Center.
Mitchell and Alvarez Earn Conference Honors
SLIAC announces all-conference soccer team.
Illinois artist to exhibit works
A reception for "Set Up," an exhibition of Tim Kowalczyk's trompe l'oeil sculptures will be Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Applebee Gallery.
Student-Athletes of the Week
Volleyball and Football teams recognized for fall accomplishments.
MacMurray off to good start on SLIAC Food Drive
MacMurray got off to a fast start in the annual SLIAC Food Drive contest, donating more during its fall collection than all of last year.
Follow that .... !
The Science in the Movies series takes another look at chases in Hollywood film 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall.
MacMurray, IC rally for the cure
The MacMurray and Illinois College volleyball teams combined forces to raise nearly $3,000 for the Jacksonville Mia Ware Foundation.
Student-Athletes of the Week
Taylor Hewitt and Danny Williams were honored this week.
MacMurray Choir to cover 500 years
The MacMurray Choir will cover 500 years of choral music at its fall concert on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Annie Merner Chapel.
College to re-focus academics
MacMurray will phase out a number of programs of study and is actively assessing the viability of new, market-aligned programs.
Crosstown for a cure
The MacMurray and IC volleyball teams play Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Wall Gymnasium in a fundraiser to fight breast cancer.
College becomes Highlander Country
Highlander Country, the 2014 MacMurray Homecoming, runs through next weekend with athletics events, alumni gatherings and entertainment.
Highlander Student-Athletes of the Week
Coy Dorothy and Katie Frye are honored.
The Humanities Film Series will take a look at the Academy Award nominee, The Ox-Bow Incident.
Professor co-authors paper
Jeannie Zeck, associate professor of English and Theatre, is a co-author on a paper accepted to a peer-reviewed publication.
Art professor in show
Associate Professor of Art Khara Koffel has three pieces on exhibit through Nov. 5 in a show in Peoria, IL.
Highlander Student Athletes of the Week
Hollie Schultz and Cliff Peterson recognized.
Honors society recognized
The MacMurray chapter of Mortar Board, a national honors society, was recognized by the national organization.
College connects students to alumni
MacMurray students signed thank-you cards to alumni in the inaugural Thank-you Thursday at Institutional Advancement.
Science goes to the cartoons
For the Oct. 12 session, the Science in the Movies series will look at cartoon science.
Area firms invited to job fair
MacMurray College's first Part-time and Holiday Career Fair is seeking business and agency participants. The event is Oct. 16.
Highlander women's soccer falls to Fontbonne
The Highlanders were defeated 8-0.
Highlanders rally in the second half, but fall short
The Highlanders scored all 34 points in the second half.
Volleyball drops two SLIAC matches
MacMurray College drops two SLIAC games at Principia triangular
Touchdown named D-III Play of the Week
A trick play in MacMurray Football's game against Westminster was named the D3Football.com Play of the Week.
Musician, artist to perform at MacMurray
The opening reception for "Sally Weisenburg Paitings and Music" will be Friday, Oct. 3 at 4:30-7 p.m. at the Applebee Gallery.
Highlanders Announce Student-Athletes of the Week
Alexa Boyer and Zach Mudd recognized.
Sweet Potatoes to play at MacMurray
The California band the Sweet Potatoes, with alumni Rick Hall, will play Monday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Auditorium on campus.
Highlanders announce student-athletes of the week
Patrick Hall and Tiffany Hazelwonder recognized
Swing dancing leads rebellion
First installment of the Humanities Film Series is Thursday.
Professor pens encyclopedia entry
Assistant Professor of History Chris Strangeman wrote the D.W. Griffith entry for the Encyclopedia of Populism in America.
Firm becomes official pizza of Highlander Athletics.
Science film series starts with bangs
The Science in the Movies film series kicks off its second season on Sunday, Sept. 21 with a crowd favorite: explosions.
College enrollment holds steady
MacMurray College's traditional, campus-based enrollment for fall 2014 remained steady at just under 530 students.
Highlanders announce student-athlete of the week
Football player Patrick Hall recognized.
The closing reception for MacMurray art instructor Michael Prault's show "Upper-middlebrow ..." is Sept. 18 at the Applebee Gallery.
Science in the Movies -- the Sequel
Science in the Movies film series returns with another look at the science of Hollywood special effects.
Frye places in top 20 at IC Fall Invitational
Katie Frye finished 14th at Illinois College Invite.
A look at courage through film
The Humanities Film Series starts in September.
Rowe and Hauser recognized and Rowe picks up SLIAC weekly honor
Highlanders coach, compete in Canada
Austin Brough and Anthony Willeford spend summer with Okotoks Dawgs.
New coaches include two former Highlanders.
Arenzville native returns from National Mortar Board Conference.
MacMurray professor Eric Berg has been named the first book review editor of The Journal of Camus Studies.
Bill Wall, a former coach, athletic director, and teacher dies.
Volleyball receives academic award
Volleyball receives the AVCA Team Academic Award for second straight year.
Director of Social Work Joe Squillace published a paper in a scholarly journal about MacMurray students on alternative spring break.
Jill Parsons, a MacMurray associate professor of nursing, was named a 2014 Nurse Educator Fellow, program designed to retain nursing faculty.
The nursing program's JoEllen Brannan was honored by Nursing Outlook for her work for the scholarly journal.
MacMurray’s quality recognized
MacMurray College has been selected as a College of Distinction for 2014-15.
Assistant soccer Fry begins assignment on August 1.
Professor grades AP tests
Jeannie Zeck, association professor of English and theater, is in Louisville, KY to read the Advanced Placement tests for literature.
Khara Koffel, associate professor of art, received a Young Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Juniata College.
Eric Berg, associate professor of philosophy and Religion, traveled to the Netherlands earlier this month to assess a study abroad site.
MacMurray College football recognizes its spring graduates and the top students for the spring semester 2014.
Four MacMurray students graduated after completing the May term.
Seven MacMurray College athletes make high marks in the classroom.
Grading the best
MacMurray Assistant Professor of History Christopher Strangeman will be a reader this month for the AP history tests.
MacMurray College places first in conference-wide food drive.
Montage, the MacMurray College compilation of student creative works, is now available online.
During the Commencement festivities earlier this month, MacMurray College awarded its college and departmental awards.
The Highlander volleyball team will hold a summer instructional camp for grades 5 through 8 in June.
The MacMurray women's basketball team will hold a summer camp in June for grades three through eight.
Over 100 students graduated this year in the MacMurray College Class of 2014.
Graduating senior Laura Wells will present her research at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association's annual conference later this year.
Three MacMurray students took a break from finals to travel to the state capitol for Private Student Lobby Day and the MAP Matters Rally.
The 2014 Commencement festivities in photo and video.
Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton of the United Methodist Church will give the baccalaureate sermon May 3 at the College.
Former Illinois Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra will be the Commencement speaker on May 3 at Annie Merner Chapel.
Lovecamp named Student of the Month
Brooke Lovekamp, a junior majoring in Social Work, was named the MacMurray College Student of the Month for April.
Three former faculty honored
John Cox and Richard and Mary Freiburg to receive honorary doctorates at 163rd MacMurray Commencement.
Richard Eighme Freiburg
Emeritus professor of biology Richard Feiburg will receive an honorary Doctorate of Science at MacMurray's 163rd Commencement
Mary Works Freiburg
Emerita professor of biology Mary Freiburg will receive an honorary Doctor of Science at MacMurray's 163rd Commencement.
John D. Cox
Professor emeritus John D. Cox, former chair of the Social Work Program at MacMurray, will be honored with an honorary doctorate.
Men's Golf Competes at SLIAC Championships, Baseball at Illinois State and Softball hosts Webster University
Freshman named Student of the Month
Nicholas Kruse, a freshman majoring in accounting, was named the MacMurray College Student of the Month for March.
MacMurray freshman Zach Koonce, from Washington, IL, was named Golfer of the Week by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Students to show work
The 2014 Student Art Show, highlighting work by three seniors, is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Applebee Gallery.
As part of NCAA Division III Week, the Highlanders are highlighting eight significant achievements per day on social media platforms.
Zac Bozarth, a sophomore majoring in education, was named MacMurray College Student of the Month for February.
Senior Derek Crouch has been awarded a Post Graduate Scholarship by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
Robert Seufert and Tasha Morwell will both be reading their original poetry in downtown Jacksonville on April 10.
The MacMurray football team was honored recently by Toys for Tots for the team's work with before Christmas last year.
Nurses march at capital
MacMurray nursing students went to Sprinsfield last week to participate in the 16th Annual Student Nurse Political Action Day.
MacMurray hires new soccer coach
Bill Koeppen brings a depth of experience as head coach of the MacMurray men's and women's soccer teams.
Jenalee Stine has been named as the MacMurray College January 2014 Student of the Month.
Danger, Will Robinson
The next Science in the Movies event looks at robots and computer on Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Bailey Auditorium.
Camus play takes center stage
A MacMurray College production of Albert Camus’ play The Misunderstanding will be April 4 & 5 at the Scaffer Studio Theater.
For the next MacMurray Speakers series, a medical historian will look at the fears of vaccines. The talk is Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
A course on Camus brought experts to campus electronically or in person and culminates with a production of one of the French writer's plays.
Four students from MacMurray’s Social Work Program took a three-day, alternative spring break trip to Chicago.
Take Back the Night is March 20
The MacMurray College is hosting its 15th annual Take Back the Night commemoration at 7 p.m. March 20.
On Sunday, March 16, CBS Sunday Morning is tentatively scheduled to broadcast Mo Rocca’s interview with professor Allan Metcalf.
Superheros in the Movies
The next Science in the Movies series looks at superheros on Sunday, March 16 at 4 p.m. in Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall.
Livewire exceeds goal
Livewire, the annual phone-a-thon fundraiser, exceeded its goal in 2014 by 20 percent.
The Applebee Gallery will exhibit the works of regional artist Jeff Robinson. The opening reception is 6 p.m. March 6 at the gallery.
Chicago public defender and MacMurray graduate Theresa Nelson will speak on common ethical problems that lawyers face in the criminal courts.
Slagle named Player of the Year
Brady Slagle finished a stellar career last week by being named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Player of the Year.
MacMurray College hosted a triage/disaster drill on Saturday, March 1.
Planning for a disaster
MacMurray College will be hosting a triage/disaster drill on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m.
The MacMurray College men’s basketball team heads to Louisville, KY for SLIAC tournament.
Highlander tournament game broadcast on campus
MacMurray will host a viewing party Bailey Auditorium of the men's basketball tournament game at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The spoken word is a powerful thing
MacMurray College will host a poetry celebration to honor Black History Month on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.
Slagle named SLIAC Player of the Week
Brady Slagle was named SLIAC Player of the Week for the third time this season.
It’s a big, bad universe out there
Auditions this week for Camus play
Soldiers take a stand
MacMurray announces fall graduates
College hires new PR associate
Highlander named Player of the Week
The lingering effects of war
Skilled artist to show pottery
MacMurray artist to show work
Toy shows complex behavior